Blog Posts by Redbook

  • 9 YA Novels to Enjoy with Your Kids

    If you're wild for The Hunger Games and obsessed with Twilight, pick up this batch of young adult novels that will have you turning pages as quickly as your children. Family book club, anyone? By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    If you like fairytales, try Between the Lines

    What better to read with your daughter than a book co-written by a mother-daughter team? A collaboration between Jodi Picoult, the bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper, and Samantha Van Leer, her 16-year-old daughter, this modern-day fairytale follows bookish Delilah, a 13-year-old loner so obsessed with a children's fairytale she actually wants to live in it. The fairytale's hero, Oliver, on the other hand, wishes to escape its pages. The two develop a romance across two worlds, leaving the characters - and us - to wonder how we separate reality and fantasy.

    Best for: Ages 12+

    If you liked The Hunger Games, try Crewel

    Delve further into the dystopian fiction trend with Gennifer Albin's Crewel (October 16), the

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  • Families' Most Inspiring Pet Tales

    In need of your daily cuteness fix? We crowdsourced the most amazing pet tales on Redbook's Facebook page and we have to say, they're not only pretty awe-inspiring, but aww-inspiring, too. Get ready to click "share." By Kayla Miller, REDBOOK.

    Retriever to the Rescue
    "Last summer, I was pet sitting for my sister's Black Lab, Millie. On our leisurely evening walk, I stepped off the curb and broke and dislocated my ankle. I actually had to crawl back into the house, and Millie immediately knew something was wrong. She lay on the floor with her chin on the injured leg's knee and rested her paws next to my ankle while we waited for the paramedics. When I started to black out, she sat up and begun licking my face and chuffing softly at me. The next evening, when I emotionally melted down. Millie crawled up to the bed, started licking my tears, and once again, the gentle, soft, reassuring chuffing began. Millie is the best 'first responder' ever!" - Alex Z.

    Digging up fun
    "One day, I got a

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  • Cavapoos, Shorkies, and More Designer Dog Breeds for You

    If purebreds aren't quite doing it for you, consider adding a perfectly-tailored hybrid canine to your clan. Now, meet your new best friend. By Kayla Miller, REDBOOK.

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  • 10 Little Gestures She Wishes You'd Do

    We asked our Facebook fans about the tiny things their spouses could do that would have a BIG impact. Leave this open on a screen where he just might accidentally stumble upon it. By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    Blow kisses
    "Yesterday, I asked my husband if he would have come by my office to pick up my car and put gas in it. He said that he would have, and it really made me wish I had called and asked! He also blows me kisses all the time. It's our code for 'I love you.' We've been doing it for the 10 years of our marriage." - Lori B.

    Try a random act of affection
    "Walk up and give me a hug for no reason or kiss me when I'm just washing dishes. A woman loves affection." - Barb A.

    Send a sweet tweet
    "We met on Twitter one year ago and now do some goofy little things to show our love for each other. My husband's little Twitter gestures now include sending out a #showsomelove or #luvofmylife tweet to our more than 2,000 followers. He also snaps and posts impromptu pics on Instagram;

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  • 30 Ways to Stay Bonded with Your Kids

    School is in full swing, and the term "hectic schedule" just took on a whole new meaning. If you feel like there's a void in your life where you kids used to be, read on for tips to reestablish the bond. By Kayla Miller, REDBOOK.

    1. Xoxo
    Start a family ritual each morning by giving each family member a kiss before walking out the door.

    2. Same place, same time
    Tough time coordinating schedules? Download Kidgistix, an app that helps coordinate everyone's calendars. It'll get your family all into the same routine.

    3. Carpool chitchat
    Take advantage of all those school and after-school activity runs. Switch off the radio and simply talk and connect.

    4. Fridge friendlies
    Post a whiteboard on your fridge or backdoor, and stock it with Post-Its and erasable pens. Use it for a family communication center: "Good luck at your game today, Josh" or "Kerry, let us know how your speech went. We're cheering for you!"

    5. Tech timeout
    Set aside sacred unplugged time - an hour a night or whenever

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  • How TV Dads Get it Wrong

    Aaron Traister admits he's no Cliff Huxtable, but please don't compare him to the dingbat fathers on TV today. He'll ground you! REDBOOK.

    When I think about TV sitcoms, I imagine the classics of my youth, featuring characters like Cliff and Clair Huxtable and Steven and Elyse Keaton, where everyone laughed and learned and grew a little between the Energizer Bunny and "Where's the beef?" commercials. Back in the day, sitcoms tricked me into believing that there were dads out there who were as cool as Cliff and as sensitive as Steven--that fatherhood was going to be about wearing colorful knit sweaters and knowing exactly what to do if my son idolized Nixon. Eventually, I realized that these TV patriarchs were far too perfect, and now, as an adult (and husband and dad), I'd much rather watch people catch crustaceans off the coast of Russia on Deadliest Catch.

    But the drumbeat of excitement about the return of fall TV convinced me to give family sitcoms another shot. Shows about

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  • 7 Surprising Complexion Killers

    Nix these surprising complexion killers to get a healthy - and youthful - glow. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

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  • How You Can Change Your Money Fate

    Before you even had money, your parents determined how you'd handle it with their comments about finances. Decode your "money script" and rewrite it here. By Sandy M. Fernandez, REDBOOK.

    What's your I've always remembered the advice my father gave me when I was a bookish middle schooler, considering writing as a career. "Do what you love," he would tell me. "The money will follow." This was remarkably generous: My family had recently arrived from Central America, cash was tight, and my dad was, of all things, an economist. He didn't take money matters lightly, and while his words were meant to be freeing, they came with a tricky subtext: If money simply "followed," then I really didn't need to worry about it. That message became part of my "money script"--a term financial therapists use for phrases that reveal our core beliefs about earning, saving, and spending. "Your money personality can be directly related to the things your parents said," says New York-based psychotherapist Kachina Myers, who

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  • Creative and Healthy Bento Box Lunches for Kids

    Get your kids excited about their midday meal with these adorable ideas from Wendy Copley, whose photographed more than 1,000 of the bento boxes for her blog, Wendolonia. We won't blame you if you whip up an extra for yourself. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

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  • 10 Fixes for Common "Mom Style" Problems

    Now that her daughter's two, this writer admits it's time for a fashion reinvention. Join her in learning how to make mom-friendly style a fashion do. By Cari Wira Dineen, REDBOOK.

    When I was pregnant with my now two-year-old daughter, I spent a pretty penny on stylish maternity clothes. Then the baby arrived. It didn't take long for me to adopt a uniform of sweatpants, a stained tee, and sneakers. My pre-baby clothes didn't fit. My maternity clothes didn't fit. I didn't have any time anymore. A quick glance around the playground tells me that I'm not alone in falling into a style rut. "When you become a mother, you're exhausted and redefining yourself. It's so easy to put yourself last," says Marlisa Sailer, a mom of two and a stylist with Style For Hire, a national network of stylists. While it feels impossible to care for yourself when you're putting everyone's needs first, Sailer says it's crucial to our self-esteem to look and feel good during this huge life transition - and to

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